10:50 P.M (MST)
Wednesday afternoon local high school and college students from Arizona Western College came together to discuss an important topic; how do we encourage more young students to attend secondary education, and how do we make life easier for those already in college?
Chelsea Bradley, who is a member of student body council, believes offering scholarships and teaching children from a young age about the importance of pursuing secondary education is an important step towards a more highly educated workforce.
“Something we have been discussing is adding a scholarship program for kids in kindergarten, or first and second grade,” she says. That way they will know from a young age that college is important, that you become a more successful adult because you have gone to college.”
For those already attending AWC, president of the student body council Tim Taylor says streamlining the schools online technology systems could help students schedule classes easier, as well as gain better access to online resources.
“Here at AWC in particular, we have a system that works, but it is not nearly as efficient as those at other colleges,” he says. We are hoping to improve those systems so that you can login just once and have access to everything you need.”
Linda Elliott-Nelson, who is the Dean of Instruction for Arizona Western College, says the key message is to have young students start planning for higher education as early as possible.
“One message that rang loud and clear was how we should start preparing students for college at a very young age. We need to encourage kids to think about college, start saving up for college as early as possible. That way they will be ready when the time comes to make that leap into the next level of their education.”